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Pumpkin spice, trick-or-treating – and flu shots

Fall means more than pumpkin spice. It also marks the official arrival of that annual fall goblin – the flu. So it’s time to protect yourself and others. “Now is the time to get the flu shot. It’s...
Boy about to receive vaccination shot from nurse

Hey parents, boys need HPV vaccine too

Maybe it’s a little awkward, but it’s an important conversation between physicians and parents of middle-schoolers: It concerns the most common sexually transmitted infection, the human...
Snail crawling on lettuce

This nasty parasite moves at a snail’s pace, but it’s a threat...

A quick bit of advice: Don’t read this story during breakfast. Lunch or dinner won’t do, either, because some things are just too disgusting. Consider the distasteful subject of the rat lungworm,...
Sick man laying on the couch with a box of kleenexs

Battle of the sexes: Is “man flu” for real?

Man Flu: A cold or similar minor ailment as experienced by a man who is regarded as exaggerating the severity of the symptoms.            ...
Physician giving man a flu shot

Protect yourself from this year’s severe flu season

Get the shot. That’s the advice of medical experts who warn of a nasty, lingering flu season in Florida and around the country. Less than half of all Americans get vaccinated every year, but it’s...
Woman sitting on the couch sick with medicine on the table

Flu season expected to be rough this year

The headlines appear like a dreaded annual alarm just after the New Year: Influenza is hitting hard, as holiday travel and kids headed back to school help spread the virus around the country. And...
Female physician giving a flu shot to a female patient

Get to Know the Flu Shot

Nancy Epps, BSN, clinician at Employee Health Services at Tampa General Hospital, tackles some of the most common questions people have about the flu vaccine. Does the flu vaccine completely...
An ice cream cone that has fallen on the ground

Splat. Do you still believe in the five-second rule?

We’ve all been there. You accidentally drop a bit of food on the floor. You pick it up. Should you eat it? Well, it depends. How delicious is that food? How dirty is that floor? Should you invoke...
A worried pregnant woman holding her belly

For moms to be, Zika, now in Miami, raises anxiety levels

Zika is here. “It’s concerning, and it’s real,” said Dr. Lindsay Maggio, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Tampa General Hospital and an assistant professor at the USF Health Morsani College...
Mosquito on a person's skin

New Zika virus cases in Miami

South Florida now has 14 cases of people who likely were infected with Zika virus by local mosquitoes, Gov. Rick Scott said Monday. The area where mosquitoes are transmitting the virus remains...
Child receiving nasal spray flu vaccine

Sorry, kids: Flu vaccine this year likely to mean a needle stick

It looks like vaccinating your child against the flu this fall will mean a shot, not a spray. Studies found that FluMist, the nasal spray flu vaccine, actually failed to protect patients from...
Pregnant spraying bug spray onto her self

Worried about Zika? Take Steps to Prevent Mosquito Bites

The weather’s getting warmer and that usually means an increasing number of mosquitoes. That’s reason for caution, but not panic, about the Zika virus, said Dr. Beata Casanas, director of the...
Michelle Bearden

Everything I Wish I Didn’t Know about Shingles

It started with a little ache, the kind that shows up right before the flu bug. I popped Advil for a few days and tried to get some extra sleep. I didn’t have time to be sick. But when I woke up...
Man grabbing his foreheard

Seven Secrets to Avoiding a Sinus Infection

Achoo! It’s that time of year again, and it seems like everyone is sick. You’re just hoping to avoid the head-pounding, face-aching, green snotty misery of a sinus infection. It’s bad enough...
Physician giving patient a shot

Five Reasons to Just Get Your Flu Shot, Already

We know. It’s hard to believe it’s already flu season, and it seems like you just got a flu shot. So to boost your enthusiasm, here are five awesome reasons to roll up your sleeve and get...
College student being dropped off

What should your kid take to college? Extra protection

 As you’re packing your child up for college, add one more thing to your checklist: make sure they’ve been vaccinated for bacterial meningitis. That’s because young people living in close...
Listeria located in a petri dish

A triple scoop – but skip the listeria, please

A triple scoop – but skip the listeria, please It’s almost summer, and nothing could be better than a big, drippy cone of ice cream. Unless it comes sprinkled with listeria. Just a few weeks...
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